Announcements for Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Primary and Middler Sunday School Classes now meet at 12:30 pm instead of 1:00 pm. The ZOOM link information is the same.

Our Food Pantry is open this Thursday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please email your articles, news, announcements, updates and pictures with captions for the October issue of The Epistle to You may also send your ministry’s fall events that you are ready to announce and promote. Deadline is this Thursday for all submissions.

Our weekly worship and prayer opportunities include Worship Service on Sundays at 10 am; Intercessory Prayer on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 for 30 minutes led by our ministers; Wednesdays at noon for 15 minutes led by our Deaconesses and Thursday evening Prayer Meeting at 6:30 led by our Deacons. Thank you to Rev. Edward Turner for preaching at Prayer Meeting on September 9. Preaching at Prayer Meeting this Thursday evening will be Rev. Robin Turner. We invite you to join us. Check the church website, for details.

I Just Want to Testify! Submit Your Stewardship Sunday Testimonials by September 24. Do you have a testimony or personal story about stewardship? On Sunday, October 24, the Building Fund Committee (BFC) will celebrate the 7th Annual Stewardship Sunday with a special worship service topping off Stewardship Month.

The BFC will also continue its tradition of presenting stewardship testimonials to the congregation in October and invites you to share your personal story on the giving of time, talent or treasure. Stewardship testimonials may also relate to this year’s Stewardship Sunday theme – “Rebuilding with Love, Faith and Joy,” inspired by the story of the return of the Jews to Jerusalem after Babylonian captivity and the rebuilding of their temple. Like the Jews’ return to Jerusalem, our congregation’s eventual return to in-person church and our beloved church home will surely be a time of rejoicing and also rebuilding, as things won’t be the same as they were pre-pandemic.

Testimonials will be presented in video format and should be submitted to the BFC by September 24. For more information, see this month’s Epistle or contact the BFC at Sisters Sybil Barbour and Ferlandia Townsend, Co-Chairs, 7th Annual Stewardship Sunday. 

Get Limber by the End of the Year. The Senior Ministry presents Three and A Half Acres Yoga (THAY) who has returned to conduct an 8-Week virtual Yoga series. The next one-hour virtual session is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., this Saturday, September 25, 2021. THAY will provide yoga, breathing, and mindfulness techniques that can help improve your sleep, eye-hand coordination, range-of-motion, posture, and/or balance. Classes will be held on:

  • October 9 and 23
  • November 6 and 20
  • December 4 and 18.

You will need a sturdy chair without arms, a yoga mat or towel, and water for hydration.

Register for the yoga series at:

The series is free and open to the public.


Global Missions Ministry’s Last Push to Finish Strong for Haiti!

We are very close to reaching our goal of raising $100,000 in five years to support VillageMed’s efforts to build a pediatric clinic in Haiti. Despite the recent devastation in Haiti our commitment to build a clinic is both needed and remains strong.

There are three ways you can help:

  • You can make a donation using any of the Nineteenth Street giving options here:
  • Once you have made a donation, join us for our 5th and final Haiti Walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 along the beautiful C & O Canal. Be sure to bring your mask. To register for the walk click here:
  • Support our NEW Haiti Walk 5K Haitian Art Silent Auction which is underway now through September 27. All of the paintings and artwork have been contributed by Global Missions Ministry members and VillageMed team members who acquired the pieces while on medical missions. The art is authentic, although some artists are unidentified because art can be found on every street corner and marketplace. Browse the art items here:   Instructions for participating in the auction can be found here:

The members of Nineteenth Street have been generous and faithful in supporting our Haiti efforts and we know that with your continued help we will be able to claim in this our final year that we met our goal and finished strong!!

The Deaconess Board will host a grab and go meal and virtual program on Sunday, October 17, 2021. This event will benefit the Ettyce Hill Moore Scholarship Fund. The meals will be available for pick-up at the church from 12:00 noon until 2 p.m. The Zoom virtual program for those who have purchased meals will begin at 3 p.m. The meals will offer a choice of two entrees (fried chicken, baked ham, barbecue ribs, or baked salmon), two side dishes (macaroni and cheese, green beans or rice) a salad, roll and dessert. A vegetarian option is also available with veggie lasagne, kale and green beans. The price of the meals is $25 each and the deadline for ordering your meals is September 27. You may order your meals online through Eventbrite or by sending a check or money order to:

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

c/o Deaconess Gloria Smith
4606 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.  20011
Memo line – “Deaconess Board Dinner”

Direct donations to the scholarship fund are also welcomed!

141st Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

September 27 – 28, 2021    “Church Empowerment” Be inspired. Be engaged. Be enlightened. The Board of Christian Education provides an opportunity for church leaders and members to participate in the 141st Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Virtual Sessions to be held on Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28 beginning at 11 a.m. EST. It is our prayer that church members will participate in sessions on Ministry, Empowerment, Worship and Praise. Please see the National Baptist Convention link regarding the convention.  Register today by emailing Sister DeVera Redmond at Provide your name, address, email address, telephone number and the church will provide you registration.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to “Envision the Future Exceptionally through Christ Centered Evangelism.” If you have additional questions, please contact Sister DeVera Redmond (202) 966-6491.

Let Our Hearts Be Full of Both Thanks AND Giving! 

During the holiday season when so many are in need, we prayerfully plan to provide 60 families or more with Thanksgiving Gift Cards from Giant Food to help cover the cost of their Thanksgiving meal. We are asking each church ministry to donate $100 to help feed families in need. Church family members and friends are asked to make a donation of any amount. Donations are being accepted now through Sunday, November 14, 2021. You may donate by going to the church website and using Cash App, Givelify, PayPal or you can mail your check payable to Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and mail to 4606 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Please include on memo line, Church School Thanksgiving Project and your envelope number.

Beginning Sunday, October 3 through Sunday, October 24, 2021, you may submit the names of individuals or families who may be in need of help for Thanksgiving. Please include contact information for those individuals or families and the number of adults and children in the household. Send information to one of the Committee members:

Communications Ministry is Recruiting Members. Are you skilled in writing, graphic design, website and social media content management, or public relations? Are you willing to help lift the many activities and ministries of the church by helping to manage the Church’s communications platforms? If this sounds like a way for you to be connected to the church, email co-chairs, Sisters Edith Bullard-Britt or Karen Williamson at

Calling all Ministries to update their web pages. This month is the one-year anniversary of our new website – The Communications Ministry encourages you to visit the site regularly and check out information about activities and organizations. We are also asking ministry representatives to review their pages—found under Get Connected: Ministries— and send any language or photo updates to the email address. We also have a standing form online—it’s under the Forms icon at the bottom of the home page—to request updates whether for activities, officers, ministry contacts, or requests for volunteers.

Vacancies for 2022 Church Offices

Board of Trustees – 6 vacancies
Director of the Board of Christian Education – 1 vacancy
Church School Superintendent – 1 vacancy
Church Clerk – 1 vacancy
Assistant Church Clerk – 1 vacancy
Church Treasurer – 1 vacancy (three-year term)
Assistant Church Treasurer – 1 vacancy (three-year term)
Disbursing Officer – 1 vacancy (Disbursing Officer must be a Trustee)

Please begin prayerful consideration of church members you may want to nominate for any of the above-mentioned vacancies. Call the church office, 202-829-2773, for further details on how to submit your nomination.

There are two part-time positions available – one as Church Administrator and one as Bookkeeper/Accountant. Interested persons should contact the church office at 202-829-2773 for information.

GriefShare Support Group Sessions have begun. The support group meets using telephone conference call. The new conference call number is 857 357 0254 with access code 412059#. Please contact Deacon Yvonne Dickson at for additional details or to join.

The Fruit of the Spirit Ministry is our church’s community-building and discipleship ministry. It helps members of the congregation stay connected to God, to one another, and to the life and mission of the church. The ministry is composed of nine groups and every member of the church family is part of a group. The Fruit of the Spirit gets its name, and its group designations are inspired by the Fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” This fruit is in season all year round! Please take a moment to Fill out the Fruit of the Spirit Connection Form Today. Responses help the Fruit of the Spirit Ministry extend care and build community among the congregation and connect each member with opportunities for fun fellowship and fruitful discipleship! One form is requested from each member of the household that desires a connection with Nineteenth Street. For more information about the Fruit of the Spirit Ministry, visit

Church members, you may update your contact information, whether you have a new telephone number, new mailing address or new email address, by sending an email to Church Clerk, Sister June L. Jackson at Also, you may leave the updated information with the church office staff, 202-829-2773. Thank you.